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Before we get to todayâ€™s games, letâ€™s take a spin through last nightâ€™s box scores to identify the Studs and Duds from Monday, May 7th.
5 Good Nights
- Will Middlebrooks:Â 3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI
- Carlos Zambrano:Â 9.o IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 9 K’s, W
- Dustin Pedroia:Â 2-3, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, 1 Steal
- Rafael Furcal: 3-5, R, HR, 2 RBI, 1 Steal
- Doug Fister:Â 7.o IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 K’s
Honorable Mention:Â Michael Bourn, Brandon Snyder, Michael Brantley, Michael Young, Alberto Callaspo, Jay Bruce, Josh Hamilton, David Ortiz, Josh Tomlin, Roy Halladay, Jeff Samardzija, Lance Lynn, Bronson Arroyo, Ted Lilly, Jered Weaver, Tommy Hanson, Jose Quintana, Zach McAllister, Eric Stults, Edinson Volquez
5 Bad Nights
- Philip Humber:Â 2.1 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 1 K’s
- Jonathan Papelbon:Â 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 K’s
- Jonathan Sanchez: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 K’s
- Joe Saunders: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 K’s
- Adam Dunn:Â 0-6
Dishonorable Mention:Â Mark Trumbo, Juan Rivera, Angel Pagan, Jason Kipnis, Mike Aviles, Brent Lillibridge, Octavio Dotel, Brian Matusz, Drew Pomeranz, Francisco Liriano, Marco Estrada, Felix Doubront
Daily Grab Bag
Check back here for daily updates on injuries, closer battles, player news, and anything else that might affect your fantasy baseball team.
- After several rocky outings, Javy GuerraÂ has been notified by Don Mattingly that he will no longer serve as the Dodgers’ closer. Kenley Jansen will assume the role immediately, and he and his 14.58 K/9 IP need to be owned in every format.
- Jayson Werth underwent a wrist procedure yesterday and will likely miss the next 12 weeks. If that timetable holds, it would mean that Werth won’t be back until at least August.
- After an MRI showed no damage in his knee, Scott Downs has been listed as day-to-day with a contusion in his left knee. As I mentioned yesterday, Ernesto Frieri and Jordan Walden still seem like smart handcuffs just in case Downs misses a prolonged period of time.
- One day after a late-inning Andrew Cashner implosion proceed Bud Black naming him the primary closer, Dale Thayer picked up the save for the Padres last night. The closer carousel continues to spin in San Diego as Luke Gregerson pitched the eighth. This situation may just be one we all want to stay away from, but if you’re chasing saves, Thayer is definitely worth a look.
- If you’re desperate for steals, I’d like to point out that Jarrod Dyson has three steals in nine games since being recalled from AAA. The Royals’ speedster has also hit safely in eight of those nine games.
- Trout/HarperÂ Watch:Â With two of baseballâ€™s best prospects being called-up on the same day last week, Iâ€™m going to dedicate this space to keeping tabs on the youngsters for the near future. Hereâ€™s to hoping that you were able to grab one (or both)!
Bryce Harper: The Nationals did not play last night. (.308, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 Steal on the season).
Mike Trout: Trout was not in the lineup for the Angels last night. (.233, 4 Runs, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 Steal on the season).
A quick look at some of todayâ€™s pitchers to start (3 Up), pitchers to sit (3 Down), pitchers to take a flier on if you need a spot-start (Throwing Darts), and batters with advantageous or disadvantageous matchups (Todayâ€™s Swings and Misses).
Clayton KershawÂ vs. San Francisco Giants
Over the past three seasons, Kershaw has started 11 games against the Giants. In those 11 starts, Kershaw has limited the Giants to a .175 batting average while allowing only 11 earned runs in 74 innings (1.27 ERA).
Justin VerlanderÂ at Seattle Mariners
Verlander has actually struggled at Safeco Field over the past three seasons (5.40 ERA over three starts), but we’re still talking about the reigning AL Cy Young winner here and there’s no way you can even think about sitting him today.
Anibal SanchezÂ at Houston Astros
Sanchez has had a great start to the 2012 season (2.43 ERA/1.05 WHIP) and has the good fortune of facing an Astros lineup that was 3-hit last night in a complete-game shutout by Carlos Zambrano, of all people.
John DanksÂ vs. Cleveland Indians
I’ve been recommending that you all sit Danks for a few starts now, and I still haven’t led you astray yet. The left-hander has posted an abysmal 7.91 ERA over his last three starts, and is facing the same Indians lineup that scored four runs in 5.2 innings against him less than a month ago.
A.J. BurnettÂ vs. Washington Nationals
Burnett hasn’t allowed a run in seven innings at home this season, but he’s still coming off giving up 12 earned runs in his last start and I’m not touching him with a ten-foot pole tonight.
Yovani GallardoÂ vs. Cincinnati Reds
Gallardo had his start moved from yesterday to today (I still haven’t heard why), but his start to the 2012 season (5.79 ERA/1.65 WHIP) leads me to think something is a little off with his mechanics right now. Over the past three seasons, Gallardo has been torched by the Reds in nine starts (6.51 ERA) and I’ll be sitting Gallardo Â until he shows that he’s turned things around.
Joe BlantonÂ vs. New York Mets
Blanton has pitched extremely well in his last three starts (including a 3-hit complete-game shutout in his last outing), and has held the current Mets lineup to a .225 batting average against in 71 career at-bats.
Edwin JacksonÂ at Pittsburgh Pirates
Jackson is about as up-and-down as they come, but I’m going to roll the dice that we get the Dr. Jekyll version of him tonight versus a Pirates team that he’s been relatively successful against (3.20 ERA over the past three seasons).
Daniel BardÂ at Kansas City Royals
Bard’s transition to becoming a starting pitcher has had its bumps in the road, but tonight’s matchup bodes well for the young right-hander as he is facing a Royals lineup that ranks 22nd in the Majors in runs scored.
Todayâ€™s Swings and Misses
- Jay BruceÂ is 8-for-17 (.471) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Yovani Gallardo.
- Aaron HillÂ is 6-for-12 (.500) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jake Westbrook.
- Miguel Cabrera is 13-for-35 (.371) withÂ three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter, Kevin Millwood.
- Carlos LeeÂ is 1-for-14 (.071) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Anibal Sanchez.
- Buster PoseyÂ is 2-for-18 (.111) Â in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Clayton Kershaw.
- Andre EthierÂ is 3-for-46 (.065) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â James Shields.
Donâ€™t forget to check out the rest of the great content on FantasyPros911.com, starting with some of our most recent updates:
- Chuck Anderson takes a look at today’s pitchers in the latest edition ofÂ Pitch or Ditch.
- Lenny Melnick takes a look at why Kevin Youkilis might want to take a Wally Pipp history lesson on today’s episode of his award-winning podcast.